Nostalgia: Roll up, it’s all the fun of the fair

Sunbathers on chilly Portobello beach in 1956

Sunbathers on chilly Portobello beach in 1956

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THE big wheel planned for Princes Street Gardens could well be the ultimate fairground ride.

More London Eye than Ferris wheel, it is planned to start turning as early as next month and continue until October, giving unrivalled views of the city... but will it be any more fun than fairs of old?

Police check out the roundabout during 1989's Fringe Sunday

Police check out the roundabout during 1989's Fringe Sunday

It may not have been enough to convince these sun seekers to give up their spot on a bustling Portobello beach in May, 1956.

Edinburgh’s seaside was still a major draw for local families and those further afield, although by the looks of the clothing, the city was not exactly basking in balmy weather. Whatever the conditions, the rollercoaster and funfair was always a hit and a brave few even ventured into the open-air pool.

By 1989, Portobello was moving with the times and Mark Noble, owner of Tower Amusements, was pictured on one of the new rides to tempt in families in the same year.

Competition was growing, of course, and hello, hello, hello, what’s this in Holyrood Park in 1989? Two police officers were caught in the act of inspecting the merry-go-round during the Fringe Sunday event.

Mark Noble opens a new ride at his amusement park in 1989

Mark Noble opens a new ride at his amusement park in 1989

How do you run a funfair in November? Indoors, obviously, and in 1968 two children were pictured enjoying the roundabout inside the former Goldbergs department store in Tollcross.

Thrillseekers on the waltzers in 1967

Thrillseekers on the waltzers in 1967

Children enjoy the funfair roundabout in Goldbergs in 1968.

Children enjoy the funfair roundabout in Goldbergs in 1968.